France faces tough choices in switch from copper to fiber broadband

Last week, French Senator Hervé Maurey released a report made at the request of French Prime Minister François Fillon, which explained how the French government can accelerate the deployment of fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure in France and prevent the creation of a digital divide between urban and rural areas. It is well known that […]

Iliad-Free gets fourth mobile license in France, plans innovative pricing and services

Last Friday in Paris, the French regulator ARCEP held a press conference to announce that Iliad-Free will be the new mobile operator in France. It has taken five years for the French government to bring a fourth operator market because of strong opposition from the other incumbents, France Télécom-Orange,  SFR and Bouygues.  ARCEP had no […]

400,000 low-income Parisians to get FTTH

Jean Louis Missika, a deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of technology, has wasted no time in taking advantage of the end of the “fiber war” among the four major operators in France (Iliad-Free, France Télécom, SFR and Numéricable). He brought them together the to sign a “charter of good conduct” whose aim is to […]

Eastern and Northern Europe driving broadband and FTTH growth

At the Broadband World Forum Europe held in Paris last week, several announcements revealed that Eastern European countries have been driving broadband growth in fiber to the home (FTTH) and fiber to the building (FTTB) deployments. The FTTH Council Europe presented the results of a survey conducted by iDate on the progress of FTTH/FTTB in […]

EU to fund LTE research

Considered “an essential infrastructure for our society”, 4G mobile networks are now a top priority for the European Commission which has just decided to fund research related to Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. As of 1 January 2010, the EU will invest €18 million into research that will underpin next generation 4G mobile networks. “With […]